The Marrakech festival formalized its official selection in its various components: the Official competition, Out of competition films, From the heart section and the Cinécoles competition. The official competition of the 2015 edition has fifteen films which confirm the choice of promoting diversity and the quest for young talents made in recent years.
The common point between the films in competition is openess to young filmmakers who created this year’s biggest sensations, caught critics and film lovers attention. More than two thirds of the films in competition for the Golden Star are either a first or a second work. In Marrakech, diversity is first geographic: the festival continues to be the theater in which films that come from different continents and countries meet, from Japan to Brazil via South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Iceland, Denmark, Belgium, Canada, USA, Mexico, Morocco and also a Belgian-Moroccan co-production, Rebellious Girl, by Jawad Rhalib who explores fiction after an interesting carrier in documentary.
The Out of competition section remains open to new and popular films, with renowned stars and strong topics. This positionning is confirmed by the opening film Rock the kasbah, directred by Barry Levinson with Bill Muray to whom the festival pays tribute, and the closing film, Carol by Todd Haynes, with Cate Blanchet in an unusual and subtle love story. In the Out of competition section, The festival also presents a preview of the new Moroccan film The Green March by Youssef Britel.
Supported by a process of exploration and discovery, the From the heart section welcomes this year films expressing the expansion of forms of expression and themes with many co-productions such as The Isla by Ahmed Boulane which is co-produced by Morocco and Spain, addressing a topic that had marked the political relations of the two neighboring countries.
The Cinécoles section offers a competition of short films between film schools’ students. It shows seven films from different moroccan cities: Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca and Ouarzazate, the city of international productions, represented this year by two schools.
Source : Festival website, Novembrer 30th, 2015